The Consumer Category
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SAD news for art fans. A critic has augmented a Banksy artwork on Folkestone’s Rendezvous Street with a generous penis.
THIS is what you need: a copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road map .
ALL aboard the Titanic to relive the horror of frowing in a freezing ocean.
But how do you take a photo of a BEK or, indeed, any other kind of ghoul?
Well, thatnls to this 1979 tome from Usbourne Publishing, we know how to take snapshots of the SUPERNATURAL WORLD.
“EXCITING TIMES: at Thorne Travel in Ayrshire, Scotland:
LOOKING for scary thrills in California? Then San Diego’s McKamey Manor has what you’re looking for:
Here are a few requirements you must pass to even be able to enter: you now must be 21 years of age (previously was 18), you’re required to sign a wavier, and you must be in excellent physical condition. Only two people go in at a time, and get this… it can last anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. They actually now only take four people through the haunted house each week.
PATRICK Modiano wins the Nobel Prize for literature.
The Swedish Academy on Thursday awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to the French author “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation“.
@LadyLegalWriter reviews that announcement:
Not to take away from this amazing accomplishment, but I have no idea what the committee means…
ANORAK looks at unsavoury snacks, from meat sweets to biohazards.
When we think of sweets, we tend to think… well, SWEET.
OK, we might think of a shrimp…
FLAVORWIRE has a cracking list of the favourite books of 50 famous faces.
Bill Murray: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Dolly Parton: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.
Joan Didion: Victory by Joseph Conrad.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: The Brothers Karamazov
Robin Williams: The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.
Michelle Obama: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
Nikola Tesla: Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
Jennifer Lawrence: Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters.
ALEX Chinneck’s architectural illusion in London’s Covent Garden. The structure is copied from the facade at the opposite end of the market and gives the illusion of taking off into mid air.
The housing bubble:
PIES has some good bits from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane’s second autobiography. Ghost written by Irish novelist Roddy Doyle, The Second Half picks up where his first left off – in that basically it’s a long, extended list of the many, many things and people he hates.
Here’s the best of what we’ve stumbled across so far…
1. From the very first chapter. Has Roy’s view of Alf-Inge Haaland softened over the years?
“There are things I regret in my life and he’s not one of them.”
No. No it has not.
2. On the fond treasured memories he has of his emotional United exit:
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SPAM. @Pundamentalism aks:
Do you think they’d view this as a good or a bad thing?
PETER Thiel has written a book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters. Peter Thiel is worth $2.2 billion. He co-founded PayPal. He ploughed a big chunk of the millions he earned for its sale to eBay inyo a site called Facebook.
Peter Thiel is 46 but looks about 37.
The book is based on notes from a course on high-tech start-ups that he used to teach at Stanford University. The notes were posted online by one of his students and quickly downloaded by 300,000 readers.
ELEANOR Lutz uses design and an education in molecular biology to create lovely moving images.
LONDON-based photographer Toby Coulson has trained his eye on animal show judges, who “examine each paw, claw, beak, and ear looking for the animal with the perfect dimensions”.
WHAT is the power of nightmares?
Argentinian cartoonist has created the delicious What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story.
AS Fanny Cradock might have put it: “Having a Johnnie around the place is awlays useful”: “Condom Meals I Want to Make for You.”
THIS is how a tattoo is applied in slow motion:
KLM, the Royal Dutch Airlines, uses a beagle (name: Sherlock, not Van Der Valk ) to help deliver items left by passengers landed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to their rightful owners.
You know that contraband you thought better of bringing though customs? Well, here’s Sherlock coming to give it to…
TO the SM department store in the Philippines, where shopper Karen Kunawicz has spotted a top bearing the legend:
“It’s not rape, it’s a snuggle with a struggle.”
MCDONALDS alientated a key demographic among its clientele: the drugs user.
McDonalds created a spoon that could measure out exactly 100 milligram amount of drugs. No, not sugar or salt (those will be banned soon enough), rather speed, cocaine and whatever else the cool kids were buying to get stoned with.
Anti-drugs lobbyists led to the spoon’s removal from view, it being classed as drugs “paraphernalia”.